Remembering what the Ojibwe lost at the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw

By Mike Mills

Deceitful fur traders, fistfights, drunken mayhem, an ambitious territorial governor with sacks of silver coins and six million acres of prime Michigan land vanishing from Indian control. Such was the experience of thousands of native Michigan Ojibwe people at the trading post of Louis Campau after two weeks of negotiations, culminating in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

September 24, 2019 marks the bicentennial anniversary of one of the largest and most consequential land cession treaties in the Northwest Territory, land that today includes the cities of…

From a Scottish surgeon on a whaling boat to Homesteaders in Medicine Hat, here are the stories of our immigrant ancestors

When Gary and Laura asked whether any Mills cousins would be interested in adopting a couple of old photos of Grandma and Grandpa Mills and great-great grandfather Horatio and his wife Mary Jane, I immediately replied that I’d love to have them. Well, they arrived the other day (thanks Gary and Laura!) and looking at their faces reminded me of some unfinished business.

I have been meaning to write up what I’ve learned about the Mills family during my searches over the past two years on Ancestry.com. I did the same recently for my mother’s side of the family —…

Janet Cameron

Janet Cameron, 78, a Warren resident, passed away on Aug. 3, 2018 at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, following a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was surrounded by family, including her husband of 25 years, Robert Cameron, when she passed.

Janet May Rocheleau was born on Feb. 13, 1940, the day before Valentines’ Day, to Bernard and Mary Rocheleau. Her family includes her older sister Jean Marsh, who lives in Chesterfield Township, and her younger brother, Robert, who passed away in 2013. …

Part Three — The Meloche family, Pontiac’s Rebellion and beyond

“The Rocheleaus” is told in three parts:

Part One covers the arrival of Francois and Joseph Rochereau dit Lesperance of Beauport, Quebec, in the mid-1700s, making them among the first settlers in French Detroit.

Part Two covers the Rocheleaus working for Father Potier and marrying into the Pilet family —just one of several odd coincidences in this family history.

Part Three is action-packed, including the Rocheleau’s marital link to a family that got a little too close to Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763, and Rocheleau ancestors who served (or avoiding serving?) on the British side of the War of 1812.

When Francois wed 16-year-old Marie-Josephe in 1755, he…

Part Two — Cadillac, Father Potier and the Pilet connection

“The Rocheleaus” is told in three parts:

Part One covers the arrival of Francois and Joseph Rochereau dit Lesperance of Beauport, Quebec, in the mid-1700s, making them among the first settlers in French Detroit.

Part Two covers the Rocheleaus working for Father Potier and marrying into the Pilet family — just one of several odd coincidences in this family history.

Part Three is action-packed, including the Rocheleau’s marital link to a family that got a little too close to Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763, and Rocheleau ancestors who served (or avoiding serving?) on the British side of the War of 1812.

What drove or inspired the Rocheleau brothers…

Part One — My family’s Detroit-area history isn’t so boring after all

“The Rocheleaus” is told in three parts:

Part One covers the arrival of Francois and Joseph Rochereau dit Lesperance of Beauport, Quebec, in the mid-1700s, making them among the first settlers in French Detroit.

Part Two covers the Rocheleaus working for Father Potier and marrying into the Pilet family — just one of several odd coincidences in this family history.

Part Three is action-packed, including the Rocheleau’s marital link to a family that got a little too close to Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763, and Rocheleau ancestors who served (or avoiding serving?) on the British side of the War of 1812.

“ Those who shall be so happy…

A 22-minute photo slideshow of Keith’s life, with thanks to his many family and friends who contributed photos.

Being huge Bowie fans from early on, one album Keith and I had in permanent rotation (to borrow a phrase from Mark Nowlin) in high school and college was Hunky Dory. There is a tune on that album called Quicksand whose lyrics are a bit hard to parse and easily misunderstood. The chorus goes:

Don’t believe in yourself / Don’t deceive with belief / Knowledge comes with death’s release.

One could read those lines as nothing more than an ironic smackdown of…

I couldn’t be happier with my all-electric 2013 Nissan Leaf. For four years now I’ve been gleefully swooshing past gas stations. And it’s been in the shop only once, back in March, to upgrade the navigation software. Other than tires, brakes, wiper blades and washer fluid, there are few moving parts that need to be maintained or replaced.

Nor have I even once experienced that dreaded “range anxiety” people talk about. Sure, the car only takes me about 90 miles on a full charge, and yes, charging stations are hard to come by. But I’ve never needed to charge it…

photo used with permission

An appreciation of Rocky Rocheleau (1949-2013)

Rocky Rocheleau’s last public appearance was on Aug. 3, 2013, in Detroit at Hitsville U.S.A, the Motown Museum, at the third annual meet-up of Detroit Bass Players. In a photo (above) from the group’s website he’s in the second row, seventh person from the left, in a red t-shirt, brandishing his prized 1962 Fender Jazz bass.

Rocky was one of more than 100 bassists who showed up that day to celebrate the music they loved and played their entire lives. Some of them were successful pros, while most, like Rocky, were never famous. But when he died too soon two…

Mike Mills

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